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Gwyneth Paltrow, Celine Dion help Oscar get in tune for Sunday night

By Sean O’Connell Days before the Kodak Theater prepared to alight with the brightest Hollywood stars, the stage was alive with the sound of music.

Rehearsals for Sunday’s 83rd Annual Academy Awards attracted a mind-blowing amount of talented performers to the venue on Hollywood Boulevard as top acts prepared to sing for the Oscar crowd (and the millions who will be watching from their living room couches and judging with the fierce passion of an “American Idol” panelist).

Attendees for Friday’s run through included Gwyneth Paltrow, Mandy Moore, Alan Menken, Zachary Levi, Florence Welch, A.R. Rahman, Celine Dion and the children from Staten Island’s Public School 22.

Moore, Menken and Levi perfect “I See the Light” from “Tangled,” while Paltrow crooned “Coming Home” on behalf of “Country Strong,” the L.A. Times reports.

Dion, meanwhile, will sing “Smile” during the “In Memoriam” montage. She’ll be accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra.

Not so for the public school choir, who will sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on their own. If Sunday’s performance is anything like Friday’s rehearsal, that song will deliver goosebumps to audience members around the globe.

The Oscars will be televised Sunday, Feb. 27, on ABC beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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